You have to wonder where Game Of Thrones would be if it wasn’t for that last season, but in this business there’s no place for mercy, and Chernobyl has well and truly come out on top.
The series follows the infamous nuclear reactor disaster in a Ukrainian town in 1986, and shows people a frank, candid and terrifying representation of what happened on that fateful day.
With that, it’s now the top rated TV show on IMDb with a rating of 9.7 and now that it’s over, you can’t see it really dropping.
I suppose there’s something to be said for not dragging out a small story over several seasons just to make a bit of cash. Also, lovely to see Emily Watson and Jared Harris get the recognition they’ve deserved for so long. Fantastic actors.
It’s also sitting pretty with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – although I think most people take what they say with a pinch of salt these days.
The show has also had the third best ever launch for a drama on Sky Atlantic, racking up a cumulative audience for its first episode of 1.7 million, according to Deadline.
The synopsis tells us:
“On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe.
Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the sacrifices made to save Europe from the unimaginable disaster.”
And so far, the series has got rave reviews.
In their five-star review, The Independent wrote:
‘The threat of nuclear war may have abated but as metaphors, radiation and fallout are as powerful as they were 30 years ago. Timely, bleak, intelligent and compelling, Chernobyl is a triumph of a disaster.’
In another five-star review, The Telegraph said:
‘Sky’s new drama about the power plant explosion is riveting – and utterly horrifying.’
Writing for the BBC, Will Gompertz gave the show five stars.
He said: “To say Sky/HBO’s new mini-series Chernobyl is thought-provoking would be like describing Usain Bolt as quite a fast runner, or the water under the Antarctic sea ice as a bit chilly.
“This is TV that doesn’t just get you thinking, it stops you sleeping.”
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Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow